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We offer a variety of classes for all different skill levels and processes. 

(Past workshops are listed at the bottom of the page) 

Oil Painting with a Live Model

Are you interested in learning how to paint from life from an expert?

OCT 14 & 15, 2023 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM at

GFAA Gallery: 1314 S Main Street

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In this workshop, participants will focus on the technique and materials of alla prima painting. Subjects covered include the following:

composition, palette, color mixing, light, color theory, and building a three-dimensional form on a flat canvas. This workshop features a live portrait painting demo, a lecture and three live model painting sessions with individual feedback. There will also be summary critiques at the end of each day.

Participants will make two paintings - a smaller study and a larger, finished portrait. Acrylic mediums are also welcome. Prior drawing experience is required, but the level can be from beginner to advanced. The order of operations for this two-day workshop will go as follows:

DAY ONE, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

1. Discussion and demonstration of Alla Prima portrait technique (3 hours)

2. Lunch (1 hour)

3. Live model painting session (2.5 hours)

4. Critique and discussion (.5 hours)

DAY TWO, 9:30 - 4:30 PM

1. Lecture (1 hour)

2. Live model painting session (2 hours)

3. Lunch (1 hour)

4. Live model painting session (2.5 hours)

5. Final critique and discussion


Nika Zakharov earned her degree in painting from Grekov State School of Fine Arts. Countless hours were devoted to an in-depth study of painting, drawing, anatomy, sculpture, art history and art materials. Five years of classical realist training gave Zakharov a solid foundation and an understanding of art history, in a scope rarely found in less traditional art establishments.


After earning a degree in printmaking from University of Floirida,  the artist has successfully engaged in sculpting, scenic and mural painting for theme parks and museums (Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, The Smithsonial Natural History Museum and many others). The artist has participated in numerous juried art shows and her work received awards and recoginition throughout Florida and the southeastern US. 


Since 2009, Zakharov has been focusing her attention on figurative and landscape painting from observation. During her tenure at the Tench Art Studios in Gainesville, she has facilitated a life drawing group and managed a gallery space. For the last decade and the half, Zakharov has been instructing art students in private classes and group workshops in and around Alachua County. 





     -maker: Silver Brush

     -series: Bristleton

     -Filberts size 1, 2, 4, 6, 8

     -Round size 4

     -Flat size 6

     -if you prefer the feel and performance of hog bristle, get the same sizes and shapes in Silver Brush Grand Prix series or Gumbacher

      Gainesboro series.


-Brush cleaning jar filled with odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol, Tupernoid, Tupernoid Natural, or Chroma Archival OMS)


     -Artist quality recommended: Winsor & Newton, Gamblin, Da Vinci, Williamsburg, Richeson, Sennelier, Lukas1862, Dick Blick Artist Oils,


     -Basic palette: titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium lemon, cadmium orange, cadmium red medium, alisarin crimson permanent or

      permanent rose, transparent red oxide, burnt sienna, french ultramarine, cerulean blue, phtalo blue, viridian or pthalo green.

     -Optional colors: manganese violet, red ochre/mars violet/indian red, sap green, ivory black

-Stretched primed canvas or a primed (gessoed) panel. You will need four: 11"x14"

-Stainless steel or nickel-plated knife of a medium, leaf-shaped size 2'-2.5" in length

-Paper towels or rags for cleaning and wiping brushes

-A portable easel

-OPTIONAL: Acrylics



1. Payment is non-refundable. Max class size is 12 people, with a minimum of 3 people. If you find you need to cancel and wish to find a replacement, it is your responsibility to find  that replacement and to obtain the funds. Please contact us first in case there is a waitlist. If you find someone yourself, please provide us with the contact information for your replacement.

2. Questions should be directed to Katy at 

3. Your payment serves as your agreement to this cancellation policy.


Past Workshops

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